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"All this has happened before and it will happen again."
Friday night marked the last episode before the end, and what it managed to do was give us a few final moments between comrades and friends while reminding us, perhaps even foreshadowing the demise of a great leader. Not Roslin, or Admiral Adama, but Galactica - the ship that has withstood time and war, falling apart, ravaged by its experiences, and making perhaps its last stand. Is Galactica the dying leader that will take its people to the promised land? I certainly hope so.
Hera kneels on the strategy table in Galactica's CIC. She's projecting, and we see her guiding Galactica straight into a fleet of Cylon baseships. We also see her in the Opera House, a vision she shares once again with Roslin, Athena, and Caprica 6, and as before this trio of women chase her. Roslin from one side and Athena from the other. Ultimately, Hera always arrives with Caprica and Baltar, shutting the other two out.
Back in the Admiral's quarters, Ellen tries to convince Adama to send a raptor after Boomer and Hera. She explains that Hera is important since within her lies the future of the Cylon race. Lee counters with the same, vouching for the human race, but Starbuck seems more distressed. She mentions Hera's knowledge of the song her father taught her. Adama wants to hear none of it. He reluctantly agrees to send a raider without Helo and Athena's knowledge, but it's obvious that Adama is more concerned about Galactica, which continues to deteriorate despite the repairs. And after Boomer's jump, a fissure in the hull develops, causing a breach and killing both humans and Cylons.
After the breach, Adama receives more bad news in sickbay. Galactica may only be able to jump five or six more times. Tigh reacts by shouting orders left and right; however, Adama goes to Laura's bedside after she overhears the news and reassures her that they just need time. Roslin can't hear him. She's back in the opera house.
In the meantime, Lee has to deal with the newly formed quorum who want to strip Galactica and still do not trust the Cylons, especially since the military is supposed to transfer over to the baseship. When a quorum leader questions Lee for not taking Baltar's advice, we realize that the good ole scientist has been growing his influence in and around the fleet. We then hear one of his broadcasts, and he's talking about angels and how they walk among us. He glances at Virtual 6, but then he notices Caprica and rushes over to her, apologizing about her loss. When she rebuffs him, he realizes too late that he still loves her.
Back in sickbay Cottle asks Tigh to comfort a dying 8. She says she always wanted her father by her side, and he doesn't know what to say other than to respond that he's spent most of his life killing her kind. She dies, her last words, "Too much confusion."
And because Cylon creations are quoting Dylan songs, Tigh goes back to his quarters and looks for a drink. Except the booze is gone thanks to Caprica. Ellen tries to reason with him, make him realize that he does have a family. That even though he did lose a son, he still has all these children. She tries to give him closure, and as they embrace, it's difficult to grasp what Tigh understands, but we realize it's something thanks to that wonderful expressive eye.
As for Boomer, she's on her way to the Colony with a crying Hera. They make a series a jumps, the first one landing them between two planets, of which one looks eerily a lot like Jupiter. Boomer can't handle Hera's crying and threatens to knock the child out with more drugs, but changes her mind. Instead she begins to talk about the place she escapes to and projects into the home on Pikon, realizing that Hera has gone with her. She and Hera bond.
Back on Galactica, Starbuck watches Baltar shave as she sits on the toilet. She questions his belief in angels, and he asks her who she is, which is odd because they've slept together. Kara hands over the dogtags and ring that she found on her body and challenges him to find out what she is. She then goes to see Anders who has been turned into Galactica's hybrid! This pisses her off, and she decides that she's going to kill him rather than see him like this. However, when she points her gun at him, he activates and starts mumbling the same gibberish as the baseship hybrid. The other Cylons realize that he's been tapping into Galactica and causing all the fluctuations, so they take Sam offline.
In sickbay, Adama and Roslin share some quality time and medicinal drugs. Roslin talks about the cabin she wanted to build on New Caprica, and how she felt that would be her home, but now home is with the people you love. She tries to convince Adama that it's time for him to let go of Galactica, but only he can make that choice. Adama leaves to go to the funeral and he runs into Helo. Helo begs him for a raptor so that he and Athena can go looking for Hera. See, all is not well with the Agathons, what with Helo mistakenly sleeping with Boomer and loosing Hera. He's a persona non grata in Athena's eyes. And now Helo wants to do anything he can to make it up to his wife. He's heartbroken, distraught that his child has been kidnapped, so he begs Adama. Yet, the Admiral refuses because he knows that the Colony has been moved, and that Hera is probably lost.
At the funeral, Adama, Baltar, and Ellen each hold services for their dead. Familiar and unfamiliar sayings are spoken, but they all mourn equally. It's a throwback to the miniseries and Adama's "So say we all," but this time Cylons are a part of the equation, and so is Baltar who makes it a point to state again that angels walk amongst them. He calls out Kara Thrace, claiming she's an angel, and she smacks him. Later, Kara stands before the mural of pictures of the fallen, and Lee comes up to her. He tells her that he accepts her just the way she is. Is this their good-bye? As he leaves, she places her picture next to Kat's.
Back on the raptor, Boomer and Hera arrive at the Colony. Cavil congratulates Boomer and suggests that she rest for a few days. He takes Hera who cries out for Boomer who seems to be regretting her decisions more an more.
On Galactica, Kara returns to the room where Anders lies and decides to put him back online, hoping that he'll be able to tell her the truth behind the musical notes her father taught her and Hera drew.
In his quarters, Adama breaks down, realizing that he must let go of Galactica. He calls for Tigh, and tells him that it's time to start stripping the battlestar. Tigh at first refuses, but then relents. He accepts a drink from Adama and they both sit on a couch as they realize it's all coming to an end.
Will Galactica be stripped or will it go out in a blaze of glory?
Will Anders remain a hybrid or will he regain consciousness?
What is Starbuck? Is she an angel?
Will Galactica find the Colony?
How do you think the series will end?